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Sunday, 01 October 2017 19:40

Jake makes the grade as Fairmuir see off Logie

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Jake Grady’s quickfire double took Fairmuir joint top of the Maryfield League. The striker scored twice in two minutes as Fairmuir knocked Logie Harp out of second place.

Harp are the league’s top scorers, and would have been ahead inside three minutes if not for a goal line clearance from Evan Adam.

Jake Grady is Fairmuir’s top scorer in all competitions this season, and he added to his tally after eight minutes. Matthew Nelson provided the pass in behind the Harp defence, and Grady made no mistake with a composed chip over Samuel Ross.

Lighting struck twice for the Fairmuir forward, who curled a shot past the helpless Ross a minute after the opener. It was a dream start for Fairmuir, who found themselves two to the good inside the first 10 minutes.

The pitch and conditions were not compatible with a free-flowing game of football, as both sides went direct in search of goals. Brian Harris had an effort blocked and Keir Murray brought a save out of Cammy Hendry as the hosts looked for a way back in to the match.

Lennox Slater headed over from close range on the half hour mark. It was a golden chance that the big striker really should have taken.

Blue Brazil 2003 wrapped up their fourth win from four this season in the Fife football development league division one, with six goals against Real Fife 2003 Blues.

It wasn’t long before top of the league Brazil opened the scoring via a Conor Reid chip on the ninth minute following a ball from Sean McNamara.

Reid was once again on the score sheet just 15 minutes later as his volley nestled in the net to put Brazil two goals to the good.

Confidence was growing in the Brazil ranks and it was three just past the half hour mark as Euan Stewart nodded in a Brandon Smith free kick.

Just a matter of minutes later Conor Reid tapped in from close range to complete his hat-trick and see Brazil into the second half with a four goal lead.

Kieron Bowie’s first half goal made it a Dryburgh double for Glenrothes Strollers as they booked their place in Round Three of the Scottish Cup.

The Fife side beat Dryburgh CC 8-2 in Round One, and inflicted the same fate on Dryburgh Athletic in Round Two.

Both these sides are unbeaten in their respective leagues this season, and neither was prepared to give the other the edge in the opening stages of the match.

Jack Mitchell picked out Kieron Bowie with a cross after seven minutes, but the striker couldn’t steer his shot on target as the ball sailed over the bar.

The visitors were winning nearly every loose ball in the middle of the park, and opened the scoring after 22 minutes. Bowie latched onto a through ball, and coolly slotted the ball into the far corner of Aaron Cosgrove’s net.

Dryburgh had offered little in an attacking sense thus far, but that changed when Ross Mcnaughton flashed a low shot just wide of the post moments after the goal.

Mcnaughton then fired a free kick from 30 yards just over the crossbar.

Both sides battled on for the remainder of the first half, but neither created a noteworthy chance as Glenrothes Strollers left the pitch with a half time lead.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:29

Arbroath hit Douglas for seven

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Arbroath Lads club bounced back from a poor run of form to score seven goals at home to Douglas in latest round of fixtures in the DDYFA Watson McInally Under 14 League.

Arbroath made a quick start to this game as Matthew Murray was quick off the mark to put the home side 1-0 up after just 4 minutes. However Douglas bounced back exactly five minutes later as they scored to level things up through a penalty which was given for handball. Two quick goals with just less than ten minutes played this looked set to be a great game.

Arbroath pressed to take the lead again and perseverance paid off as attacking midfielder Lewis Smith put Arbroath ahead for the second time. Murphy was enjoying his luck in front of goal as he doubled Arbroaths advantage.

However the home side weren't going to start going easy on Douglas now as Murphy's strike partner Josh Tutchenor scored the home sides fourth of the game. Douglas were struggling to cope with the firepower of Abroath as the scoreline was 4-1 in favour of the home side at the break.

Dundee United Sports Club Girls and Montrose drew a ten-goal thriller at Craigie Arena in the SWF Tayside 13’s League. The hosts led at half time thanks to a double from Chloe Clarkson but Montrose hit back to stun their hosts in a high-scoring second half to share the spoils.

United took the lead after seven minutes through Clarkson before the visitors replied nine minutes later. Clarkson put the hosts back in front seven minutes later in what was already proving to be a tight contest at Craigie Arena.

Sunday, 17 September 2017 20:00

Pitfour hit four to win Ferry thriller

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Ally Alcorn’s double helped Pitfour maintain their 100% start to the season with a thrilling 4-3 win over Ferry Athletic. Kai Finnie and Jordan Turnbull were also on target for the champions, who played over an hour of the match without goalkeeper Archie Kelly-Barton.

These two sides faced off in the Dundee West Anniversary Cup final last season, with Pitfour coming out on top. However, it was Ferry that landed the first blow of the game, as Hari Caswell fired them ahead after 10 minutes. The Ferry man hit a dipping shot over Archie Kelly-Barton from the edge of the box.

Pitfour had been sluggish in the opening stages, being forced into mistakes by the Ferry pressing. Strikers Jordan Turnbull and Ally Alcorn already had over 30 goals between them this season, and it was this partnership that was threatening to undo Ferry’s good work. Turnbull picked out Alcorn with a cross after 21 minutes, but he looped his header over.

Things went from bad to worse for Pitfour as Kelly-Barton had to be withdrawn because of concussion. This resulted in a lengthy stoppage and Jake Edwards donning the goalkeeper jersey for the remaining 60 minutes of the match.

The break appeared to be what the Pitfour players needed, as they cranked up the pressure on the Ferry goal. Kai Finnie saw his shot pushed over by Hayden Church, before the Ferry keeper got down low to keep out Turnbull’s effort and then denied Finnie again.

Matthew Younger stopped Alcorn with a fantastic sliding challenge as Ferry did their best to reach halftime with their lead intact.

The resulting corner was turned into the net by Finnie from close range.

Pitfour continued their assault on the Ferry goal, and took the lead three minutes before the break. Church denied Alcorn with a fine save, but was helpless as Finnie teed up Turnbull, who fired into the bottom corner.
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:13

Boath hat trick sees Ferry down Dundee West

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Owen Boath bagged a hat trick for Ferry Athletic as they picked up their second league win of the season at the expense of Dundee West. Boath put Ferry into a 2-0 half time lead and grabbed his side’s fourth late on.

This was Dundee West’s second top flight match, and they found themselves under pressure straight from the off. Owen Boath saw a low shot saved by Jordan Walker. The Dundee West stopper was helpless when Boath lifted the ball over him and into the net after 16 minutes.

This would prove to be the first of a quickfire double for the Ferry frontman as he slotted a low shot past the keeper after being sent in behind the visitor’s defence on the 20-minute mark.

Dundee West seemed to move up a gear despite being behind. Aiden Law saw a shot deflected behind before Cameron Blacklock shot just wide after breaking into the Ferry box.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:37

Henvey double helps Dees down Dons

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Matty Henvey was on target twice for Dundee as they kept up their unbeaten run in the Development League. Jack Lambert and Randy Wolters were also on target as the Dees beat Aberdeen 4-2

For all their possession in the opening stages, clear cut chances were few and far between. Randy Wolters had a shot blocked, and Matty Henvey prodded a shot towards goals, but neither troubled Danny Rogers.

The Dees opened the scoring after 25 minutes through Jack Lambert. Jordan Piggott found the wide man with a long ball, and he made no mistake as he passed the ball into the corner.

Mark O’Hara nearly made it a quick-fire double for Dundee, but his effort from 20 yards was pushed away by Rogers.

Bruce Anderson brought the Dons level in first half injury time. A free kick saw the ball bounce around the Dundee penalty area before Anderson fired a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:22

Dundee West pass Blue Brazil test

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Dundee West survived a late scare from Blue Brazil to book their place in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

Goals from Godswill Oke and Nick Fletcher either side of half time put Dundee West in the driving seat, but a superb late free kick from Lewis Black set up a nervy finish to the tie.

Blue Brazil knocked Fairmuir out of the Scottish Cup last season en route to the last 16, and they were looking to inflict a similar fate on Dundee opposition in this year’s competition.

Sean MacNamara found Connor Reid with a neat pass, but he failed to hit the target from close range.

The Fife side had spent most of the opening exchanges inside the Dundee West half, but nearly found themselves behind before 10 minutes had been played. A long ball sent Nick Fletcher in behind, and after goalkeeper Owen Martin failed to deal with the ball, Fletcher delivered a cross that Cavan McLaren was inches away from heading into the empty net.

The ball eventually fell to Luke Miller, who headed wide.

Both sides were trying to get a foothold in the game, but neither goalkeeper was being seriously tested. David Boylan was called into action after 18 minutes, producing a fine diving save to keep out Euan Stewart’s effort from 15 yards.

Boylan was helpless moments later when Jack Reid spun free inside the area. Fortunately for the hosts, his low effort flashed wide. 10 minutes later, Boylan held Jack Reid’s effort from distance.

With half time on the horizon, Dundee West went in front. Godswill Oke opened the scoring with a shot that nestled in the top corner, despite Martin getting a touch to the ball.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 21:07

Rae strikes late to salvage point for Dundee West

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Callum Rae’s injury time penalty secured Dundee West a point from a thrilling match with Fairmuir. The back and forth tie swung in Fairmuir’s favour with four minutes of normal time remaining, when Robbie Flynn grabbed his second of the match. But in the fourth minute of injury time, Rae got the equaliser from 12 yards.

These sides met twice in cup competitions last season, with both ties being decided by penalties. Dundee West came out on top on both occasions, and they had the first chance of the match after four minutes. Nick Fletcher won the ball in the Fairmuir box, but saw his effort pushed away by Shaun Watt.

Both sides were cancelling each other out in the opening stages, but Fairmuir landed the first blow after 10 minutes. Morgan Harrow was robbed by Graeme Stewart, who released Robbie Flynn. The striker powered his way into the penalty area, and unleashed a fierce drive past David Boylan into the bottom corner.

Despite being behind, Dundee West were growing into the game. Lewis Hutton saw his snap shot go narrowly wide before Callum Rae cleared Stewart’s goal-bound effort before it could reach the goal line. This would prove to be an important bit of defending from the captain, as five minutes later his side were level.

Fairmuir failed to deal with a corner, and the ball fell to Lee Clark, who stabbed his shot into the net through a crowd of players. It was a scrappy goal, but one that Dundee West deserved.

The remainder of the first half was bereft of clear cut chances as both sets of players tried to assert themselves on the game.